From Publishers Weekly
Madeline Black is getting fed up. Her job is to coax newly dead Chicagoans to the Door to the afterlife. But what if they don't want to go? Her supervisor, J.B., won't accept any excuses. Maddy also desperately needs a roommate to split the bills. When the beautiful Gabriel Angeloscuro (the name a rare clunker on Henry's part) comes to look at the apartment, Maddy invites him in--and thereby welcomes a host of disasters. Enigmatic Gabriel holds the key to the mysteries of Maddy's past, including the murder of her mother. Emotionally battered, confused, and scared, Maddy is above all determined to find the truth. Henry shows that she is up to the challenge of debuting in a crowded genre. The extensive background of her imaginative world is well integrated with the action-packed plot, and the satisfying conclusion leaves the reader primed for the next installment. (Dec.)
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"[F]ast paced, action packed and hardcore--breathing new life into the vast genre of urban fantasy . . .Black Wings
is intense, dark and full of surprises."
"Henry shows that she is up to the challenge of debuting in a crowded genre. The extensive background of her imaginative world is well-integrated with the action-packed plot, and the satisfying conclusion leaves the reader primed for the next installment."
"Henry does an excellent job of unveiling the first layers of her unique world and it's fascinating inhabitants. There's plenty of kick-butt action and intriguing twists to ensure that this story grabs you from the very first page. One to watch!"
"A fast-paced first novel . . . Black Wings
is a lot of fun."
"[A]mazing . . . Henry's pacing is incredible and keeps you absorbed, plus the characterization is fantastic . . . I strongly urge all you [urban fantasy] fans to get this book!"
"A fun, fast ride through the gritty streets of magical Chicago, Black Wings
has it all: a gutsy heroine just coming into her power, bad-ass bad guys, a sexy supernatural love interest, and a scrappy gargoyle sidekick. Highly recommended."
-Nancy Holzner, Author of Deadtown